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The 40-Year Old Virgin

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Virtually every man or woman has had the misfortune of going through a slump, but 40 years of involuntary celibacy is no mere slump, it's drought, it's famine, and it's the story of Andy Stitzer's (Steve Carell) life. Seemingly marooned in some kind of bizarre prepubescent dystopia, Andy has had less success scoring than…well…just about everybody. While the premise of The 40-Year Old Virgin may seem completely absurd and implausible, once you get a look at Andy's apartment, it all starts to become clear.

Littered with superhero action figures, videogames, and a framed poster for the rock group Asia, Andy's bachelor pad could scarcely seduce a female Klingon. Fortunately, Andy manages to get some "help" from his fellow co-workers at "Smart Tech". Cal (Seth Rogen), Jay (Romany Malco), and David (Paul Rudd) are all too willing to help Andy matriculate into the ranks of the deflowered. While none of Andy's friends are exactly winners, they are funny as hell and somehow, by hook or by crook, have managed to score.

What ensues is one of the most hilariously absurd films in years. Co-writer/director Judd Apatow constructs a series of hysterical sequences in which Andy and his friends attempt to get the monkey off Andy's back. From an ill-fated rendezvous with a transvestite prostitute to a terrifying ride home with a drunk party girl, Andy's status as a virgin rarely seems threatened.

The dialogue populating The 40-Year Old Virgin is simply some of the sharpest and funniest heard onscreen this year. Literally, there are few opportunities to recover from your previous laughing fit before yet another hysterical wisecrack is unleashed. This should come as little surprise as Apatow is one of the finest comedy writers in the business and he clearly loved this gem.

Complimenting Apatow's brilliant writing and directing are solid performances by the primary cast. Steve Carell who has played brilliant supporting roles in Bruce Almighty and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy exhibits comedic genius that rivals that of Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell in his portrayal of the sexually-challenged Andy. Also of note is the performance of Paul Rudd as David. David's histrionics add humor to an already painfully funny film.

In terms of pure entertainment value, there is nothing this summer that comes close to The 40-Year Old Virgin. While one can point out the implausibility of the premise and criticize some of the crass, crude humor, The 40-Year Old Virgin is unquestionably the funniest film of the year and provided your sensibilities are not terribly delicate, you'll likely find yourself doubled over in laughter for nearly two full hours.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars